Photos that capture this weeks photo challenge “Dreaming”. These were taken in the Siesta Key Beach area. A beautiful place to relax and dream!
Can’t help but think that if God has created such beautiful places for us to enjoy on the earth, what might we have to look forward to in heaven? 1 Corinthians 2:9 However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”–
Recently took a road trip and had to drive through Atlanta, Ga. If you’ve ever driven through Atlanta you know that it’s like a winding mass of multiple lanes. Roads exiting right and left and special roads for HOV, whatever that means? With all the traffic and distractions it could be easy to get off on the wrong road and find yourself lost. Sure you may only lose a few minutes of your pre-calculated arrival time at wherever your destination is, but we never want to do that, do we? Why waste precious time being lost and having to figure out how to get back on the right road? Life is a road and we’re all on it. Some of us drive fast and burn rubber like a hot rod car all souped up. Others of us are like economy cars and we’re cautious. We drive a little slower and stop along the way for a road break every now and again. I suppose it doesn’t matter what your vehicle of choice is, but it does matter which road your on. Since life is a journey and we’re all headed to the same destination, which is death. Take time to think about where your road will lead youwhen you finally pull up to that last point of the map, destination eternity. Will it lead you to eternal life with Jesus? Or will it lead you to separation from God and damnation in Hell? Yes, it’s a scary thought, but just because it’s scary doesn’t mean you need to avoid thinking about it. A traffic accident could happen at any time and then your procrastination will make it too late for you to decide. If you’re in a undecisive place, do yourself a favor and determine which road you will follow. Which path will you take? Then trust that God will keep you on it. Your part is to keep your focus on where your going. We are all wanderers on the earth and it’s not our home.
I’m just a poor wayfaring stranger
I’m traveling through this world of woe
Yet there’s no sickness, toil nor danger
In that bright land to which I go
I’m going there to see my mother/father
I’m going there no more to roam
I’m only going over Jordan
I’m only going over home
I know dark clouds will gather ’round me
I know my way is rough and steep
Yet golden fields lie just before me
Where God’s redeemed shall ever sleep
I’m going there to see my father/mother
S/he said he’d/she’d meet me when I come
I’m only going over Jordan
I’m only going over home
I want to wear a crown of glory
When I get home to that good land
I want to shout salvation’s story
In concert with the blood-washed band
I’m going there to meet my Saviour
To sing his praise forever more
I’m just a going over Jordan
I’m just a going over home
Who will you meet when you go home?
Matthew 7;13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
Just returned from a recent trip to see my family in the rolling hills of Kentucky. We were gone for a week and it seemed like we had to pack everything. It was a real job just getting ready to go! You know the feeling! You need a vacation after your vacation! We had tons of fun and everything turned out great! It’s always good to make it home safe and sound. Before we left for our trip I figured I’d pack a couple of magazines and a good book to read for the long 13 hour car ride. I am always picking up books to read, so I knew there would be something I could take. As I searched my mini at home library I stumbled upon a book by Max Lucadotitled “Traveling Light”. How fitting I thought, this may be just what I need to read during our travels.So I packed it in our car bag, which would be with me up in the front seat. This book has been great so far! Maybe it will resonate with you too. Here’s the inside of the jacket as written by the author:
” Weary travelers. You’ve seen them-everything they own crammed into their luggage. Staggering through terminals and hotel lobbies with overstuffed suitcases, trunks, duffels and backpacks. Back ache. Feet burn. Eyelids droop. We’ve all seen people like that. At times, we are people like that-if not with our physical luggage, then at least with our spiritual load. We all lug loads we were never intended to carry. Fear. Worry. Discontent. No wonder we get so weary. We’re worn out from carrying that excess baggage. Wouldn’t it be nice to lose some of those bags? That’s the invitation of Max Lucado. With the twenty-third Psalm as our guide, let’s release some of the burdens we were never intended to bear.”
Maybe your like me and are so used to carrying something you were never meant to carry. It’s time we lay that weight down. As a matter of fact we are told to lay it down. “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” Hebrews 12;1. Maybe it’s not sin weighing you down, but something else that is keeping you from running the race more efficiently, limiting the abundant and fruitful life that we are meant to live. Something to think about. What are you carrying?